I’m a member of an independent studio/gallery space in Sheffield called Unit 3B (or on FACEBOOK).
The artspace is funded by members and fundraising events. We hold exhibitions from local, national and international artists and curators. We hold regular crit groups/film screenings/discussion sessions/gallery crawls. Anyone within an arts community will already know how important sessions such as these are for the surrounding communities.
Unit 3B has been expanding rapidly since it first started, and continues to grow. As it does, it requires more funding to enrich the culture and community that blossoms from it. The point of this post isn’t to brag about how great Unit 3B is, it’s to highlight the importance of funding in the arts. Small, independent galleries and studios come to depend on funding – not as a money making scheme, but to support, enhance and create platforms for local creative talent.
We have always known the importance of arts and culture in this country. Let’s not lose it now.